Local lad: Three reasons why Newcastle should sign PL midfielder in bargain deal
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Newcastle could help avoid a Premier League relegation dogfight by signing Manchester United veteran Michael Carrick this summer.
Here, Football Insider analyses three reasons why Carrick would be a top signing for Benitez’s newly-promoted side.
Born on Tyneside, the Chronicle claim the 35-year-old midfielder is a Newcastle fan having joined West Ham from Wallsend Boys School. Carrick was missed by the Toon as a youngster, and has since gone on to have a sublime career with the Hammers, Tottenham and United. Returning to St. James’ Park and familiar surroundings in the summer could bring the best out of Carrick and further his career for another couple of years.
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Carrick’s contract at Old Trafford is set to expire in less than six weeks and he is expected to leave Jose Mourinho’s side in the summer. United’s number 16 has given no indication as to making a decision on his future after leaving United, and the Toon should capitalise on that in order to bring him back to the north east. The likes of Jack Colback and Mohamed Diame have underperformed in the middle of the park this season despite dropping down to the second tier, and Carrick must be brought in on a free transfer in order to improve that area of Benitez’s side. Known for his intricate array of passing and leadership qualities, Carrick would significantly improve the Toon.
Premier League experience
Carrick’s trophy cabinet includes five Premier League titles, a Champions League winners’ medal, one FA Cup and three League Cups. Now, the 34-time England international is only 23 league appearances away from joining an elite club that have managed more than 500 top-flight outings in England’s top tier. That knowhow and experience would be absolutely crucial in keeping the Toon in the Premier League next year, as Benitez looks to steer his side clear of an instant return to the Championship.
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